The reason it took me so long was that I didn't think my budget blender would be able to handle the volume of nuts and sticky dates. So I made a few tweaks and hey presto: my take on a raw brownie recipe without an industrial food processor!
- 1 small bowl of medjool dates
- 1 small bowl of walnut halves
- 2 heaped tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder
- A splash of organic agave syrup.
Pour your walnut halves on a chopping board. Grab a fork and mash, crush and squash the nuts as finely as you can.
Then blend. I added a few dashes of water to help the nuts mix.
Next, de-pip your dates and chop very, very finely (this is sticky. Very sticky). Add to the blender along with your whipped walnuts, adding more water if needed.
Then add in the cacao powder and agave syrup before giving it one final blitz. If your blender struggles a bit (mine did), mix it round with a spoon.
Place in a baking tray and pop it in the freezer for an hour.
After one hour, check how your chocolate mix is getting on. Mine was still not set, so I gave it another two hours. I took them out, cut one slice for myself and put the rest in the fridge to cool.
This is how it turned out:
Ok, ok, so not quite the brownie texture (or look!) I was expecting, but I think that's largely down to the water I added. But, for the sake of not wanting to break my blender, I'm pretty happy with what I ended up with.. imagine a dense, creamy frozen pudding - chocolately and gooey - it tastes like that. It tastes so good I can't actually believe there's no nasty processed ingredients in it!
If you think your blender can handle it without water, give it a go and let me know...